Syracuse women making slow strides on basketball court

Syracuse forward Digna Strautmane (45) grabs a rebound against Mississippi State guard Victoria Vivians during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in Las Vegas. Mississippi State won 76-65. (AP Photo/David Becker)

It’s been almost two years since Syracuse lost to powerful Connecticut in the women’s national championship game, and coach Quentin Hillsman is trying to recapture some of the magic that produced a program-record 30 victories in that breakthrough season.

No. 9 Michigan State bounces back and routs Indiana 85-57

Michigan State's Nick Ward (44) pulls down a rebound between Indiana's Zach McRoberts, left, and Juwan Morgan during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges made a 3-pointer and bounced on his toes with joy, enjoying a game he and Michigan State desperately needed.

Ugly growing pains: No. 18 Kentucky needs to fix mistakes

Kentucky forward Jarred Vanderbilt (2) challenges a shot by South Carolina forward Justin Minaya, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina defeated Kentucky 76-68. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — John Calipari warned the growing pains would be ugly for his youngest Kentucky squad.

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